3.5 - 4 ft
While fearful of travelers (especially those significantly larger than them), the sporelings are quick to welcome anyone to help them. They are beset by many enemies, including the fungal giants, spore walkers, marsh beasts and more recently the naga, leading them to ask for aid from passing adventurers.
Background and culture
In the aftermath of Botaan's destruction, spores from the Sporemound's corpse settled in the wilds, giving sentience to existing forms of plants. The jungles stirred as new beings took shape and walked the land, among which were the small and simpleminded podlings and sporelings. The sporelings of Sporeggar were not always made of mushroom.
Rather than using shiny round pieces of metal as currency, sporelings use shiny round mushrooms called glowcaps, which grow everywhere in Zangarmarsh. Glowcaps are also the favorite snack of young sporelings. Tallstalks are incredibly useful mushrooms, and being able to grow them allows the sporelings to do many things with them. The tallstalks are vital to rebuilding Sporeggar, but due to the sporelings' short stature, their options for gathering tallstalk spores are limited and they are instead forced to ask adventurers to gather the spores from the appendages of wandering sporebats and marsh walkers. Sporelings also use the sanguine hibiscus shrub for a number of purposes.
There is a sporeling saying that all is fair in mushrooms and war.
Msshi'fn, the elder of Sporeggar, mentions trading with other sporelings for food and supplies. The sporeloks are a sporeling group that dwell in Funggor Cavern. Their home has recently been invaded by marsh beasts, leading the Cenarion Expedition to send adventurers to intervene.
While the sporelings are a peaceful people, they are at war with the fungal giants, whether they like it or not. The two races have never gotten along well, but in the past the sporelings have managed to keep the giants at bay with spears and stones. Lately, however, the giants seem to have become more aggressive (or desperate) and no longer fear the sporelings or their weapons. Due to the threat of starvation, the fungal giants of Quagg Ridge have begun venturing into the Spawning Glen and devouring the sporelings' pods, threatening to wipe out the entire race. A notable exception to this rivalry is Fhwoor, a friendly fungal giant who was saved from the naga and has stayed in Sporeggar helping with things ever since.
The spore walkers are ancient enemies of the sporelings. According to T'shu, while the spore giants may be attacking the sporelings in the present day, the marsh walkers have taken more innocent lives than any creature that he has ever seen, and the Black Stalker and her brood have put the sporelings through unspeakable pain over the centuries.
This section concerns content exclusive to Warlords of Draenor.
On the alternate Draenor, sporelings can be found in Gloomshade Grove along the northern coast of Shadowmoon Valley. They are, however, easily missed due to their very small size. They tend to follow the other much larger fungal creatures around, and can also be found gathered about near several rocky outcroppings and fungal growths near the waterline.
In Gloomshade Grove, a group of podlings can be seen dancing around images of sporelings projected on top of a mushroom by Leaf-Reader Kurri, who claims to have been shown visions of the future by the mushroom. Kurri also speaks of "power in mushrooms" and urges his followers to "wash in holy spores [and] feel might of mushroom". He also drops an item called the .
|Msshi'fn||Sporeggar Primus||Alive||Sporeggar, Zangarmarsh|
|Coosh'coosh||Owner of a mushroom garden, owes money to Sal'salabim after losing a game of "what's that smell"||Killable||Southeastern Zangarmarsh|
|Fahssn||Enlists adventurers to save the spore sacs of the Spawning Glen||Alive||Spawning Glen, Zangarmarsh|
|Gshaff||Enlists adventurers to gather spores from tallstalk mushrooms||Alive||Sporeggar, Zangarmarsh|
|Gzhun'tt||Enlists adventurers to kill naga||Alive||Sporeggar, Zangarmarsh|
|Hch'uu||Child who stayed at the Shattrath orphanage until she was brought back to Sporeggar||Alive||Sporeggar, Zangarmarsh|
|Khn'nix||Formerly enlisted adventurers to kill the Black Stalker||Alive||Sporeggar, Zangarmarsh|
|Mycah||Sporeggar quartermaster||Alive||Sporeggar, Zangarmarsh|
|Ras'an||Master Pet Tamer||Alive||Sporeggar, Zangarmarsh|
|T'shu||Enlists adventurers to kill the Black Stalker and gather sanguine hibiscus||Alive||Underbog|
As a companion pet
- Main article: Sporeling Sprout
Sporeling Sprouts can be captured in pet battles around Sporeggar in Zangarmarsh.
- Most sporelings have the Sporeskin ability, which gives them a 25% chance of reducing the hit chance of enemies who strike them by 35%.
The Leaf-Reader Kurri vignette, noted above, seems to imply that the podlings are destined to eventually transform into sporelings, likely due to being infected by the Zangar encroachment, which seems to be supported by the statement that the Sporeggar were not always made of mushroom. This notion is somewhat contradicted by the revelation in Chronicle Volume 2 that the podlings evolved alongside sporelings, but it can be speculated that some groups of sporelings were always sporelings, while others were originally podlings that were transformed by the Zangar encroachment.
- ^ Sporeggar, In-game reputation description
- ^ World of Warcraft: Chronicle Volume 2, page 20
- ^ a b Jeremy Feasel on Twitter (2014-07-09). Retrieved on 2017-04-09. “@GotobeTroll @Loreology @SpringTheElf @Miatog @Arakkoa #15: The Sporeggar were not always made of mushroom.”
- ^ World of Warcraft: The Magazine Volume II Issue I, page 93 (lineage chart)
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